'The word of mouth success of lockdown. . .Riveting, twisty, page-turning stuff' The Guardian

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Lucy Atkins is an award winning British author and journalist. She has written four novels, most recently MAGPIE LANE (2020), and seven non-fiction books, two of which have won national awards. Many of her books are published internationally and her last novel, THE NIGHT VISITOR (2017) has been optioned for television. 

Lucy is a tutor on the creative writing Masters degree at Oxford University. She judged the Costa Book Awards and is a book critic for The Sunday Times. She has a background in literary and feature journalism: she has worked at the Times Literary Supplement and has written for UK newspapers including The Guardian, The Times, The Sunday Times and The Telegraph, and many UK magazines.

Lucy has a first class degree in English from Oxford University and was a Fulbright Scholar to the USA where she did an M.A. in English and American literature. She has lived in Boston, Seattle and Philadelphia, and now lives in Oxford, UK, with her family. To get in touch, please go to the Contacts page.

Find Lucy on Twitter @lucyatkins or Instagram @lucyatkinswriter

News and Events

MAGPIE LANE – coming 2nd April 2020

Full of hidden chambers, and some of them are haunted . . .part thriller, …Read more

Costa Book Awards 2017 Shortlist (Novel category)

Judging the Costa Book Awards has been a demanding, exciting and at times slightly …Read more

Judging the Costa Book Awards

Since May this year I have been reading novels for the Costa Book Awards. …Read more

Latest TweetsLucy Atkins' Twitter page

Well, what a nice thing #NotTheBookerPrize is - if you enjoyed Magpie Lane and can spare a moment to vote for it th…

Twitter break on pause for just a second to say look! My dear friend has written another brilliant psychological su…

Okay, yes, I’m done too: taking a Twitter break. See you all soon.

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Insta Live Creative Writing Class: Get Published

You can catch up with this class and others on Instagram What is a Literary Agent? > They help prepare your work for submission, help you find the right publisher and negotiate a deal.> Represent your book abroad and submit to film companies> Represent your book abroad and submit to film companies> Support you through …Read more